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written by
Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik *

We apply the general formalism of statistical mechanics to classical and quantum systems of noninteracting particles and discuss the equipartition theorem, the Maxwell velocity distribution, the Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions, blackbody radiation, the ideal Fermi and Bose gases, and the specific heat of a crystalline solid among other applications.

Published *April 9, 2008*

Last Modified *January 16, 2015*

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